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Grateful Dead Live at McNichols Sports Arena on 1981-07-14


Topics Live concert


Cold Rain & Snow-> Minglewood Blues, Friend Of The Devil-> Cassidy, To Lay Me Down-> Me & My Uncle-> Mexicali Blues-> Big Railroad Blues-> Little Red Rooster, Bird Song, Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Don't Ease Me In Shakedown Street-> Samson & Delilah, High Time, Truckin'-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat-> Good Lovin', E: U.S. Blues


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue McNichols Sports Arena
Location Denver, CO

Source Audience Recording
Lineage AUD>MC>DAT>CDR
Taped by
Transferred by

Notes

AUD>MC>DAT>CDR; via Paul B; Seeded to etree by Willy

Reviews

Reviewer: njpg - - August 7, 2014
Subject: -
Some very good playing, and a particularly beautiful Wharf Rat, but overall not ultra-special.
Reviewer: Franklin's Towel - - May 28, 2014
Subject: Shakedown
Definitely not one for the ages, the jam is long but literally nothing happens. Tepid show, Truckin > end is not bad
Reviewer: ripple947 - - June 4, 2012
Subject: Great show, not perfect
It's a shame that this is the only recording of this show on the LMA, as there are pitch problems, of the upward variety. Thankfully only a few songs are severely affected. But it's a pretty representative great 1981 show. A few rough transitions keep it from being just exactly perfect.
Reviewer: spacecowboy - - September 14, 2008
Subject: Mystery Show
Deadhead Taping Compendium does not have this show commented on. It goes 7/13/81 to 8/12/81. Pretty bizarre. I just listened to To Lay Me Down and the sound is very warm and intimate. Vocals have a unique quality on this recording. The taper should be proud.
Reviewer: mdarby - - July 13, 2007
Subject: End Of The Tour
after seeing all the shows
from KC to St Louis to St Paul
to Alpine then the trip to Denver
this show was a nice end of the tour
Reviewer: L. Rosley - - June 26, 2007
Subject: Pass on this one
Not one of my favorites from this year. There are some good performances, Cassidy, Bird Song, and High Time. Jerry's having a decent night in his solos and vocals, but Bob isn't. He talks through a lot of the lyrics or gives off-keys screams. This is something he was doing this summer, but it just too much in this show, and it gets in the way.
Reviewer: brendanmcauley - - December 31, 2006
Subject: Only Birdsong>Sailor -Ever!
This is a very nice performance of an early 80's dead show. The transition of note here and the reason this show is a 'must have' is for the incredible "Birdsong>Lost Sailor>Saint>Don't ease' to close set one.

It is of paricular consideration that you give to the birdsong; for it is only the 14th electric birdsong since 9/15/73 and other than the accoustic shows where it was played consistantly in '80, it is rare in and of its' self; however, it is the 'sailor' tranition out of 'birdsong' that is only done once in the history of the dead's touring.

The sound is better than good to me but not quite 'very good'. It is of worthy download and thank you very much for the upload as well. 4 stars!

This site is fantatstic!!!
Reviewer: stuffyhead - - November 8, 2006
Subject: great but...
The good parts are great but the show isn't 100% The High Time is a low time and the tape has a "severe" gash during Drumz
Reviewer: Driftin N Dreamin - - October 12, 2006
Subject: Great Example of '81 Gem!!!
Anyone looking for an example of a great 1981 show need look no further than this gem. The sound on this aud is exceptional, it sounds just like it did at the arena and is has enough audience sounds to really appreciate the energy that was evident to those of us there that night!!!!

While the show the night before is more well known and is a great show in it's own right, this show was the gem of the summer midwest tour.

Offered for your consideration....13 songs in a very strong 1st set and a second set that just won't let up. This was the perfect marriage of the band and the fans feeding off of each other.

Just check out the song list in set 1, a great Cold Rain, A very sweet FOTD, To Lay Me Down (One of the best versions around) Big Railroad, a nice Bird Song and a Lost Sailor> St > Don't Ease to wrap it up!!

The Shakedown to kick off set 2 is one for the ages, a nice slow funky drawn out jam that perfectly sets the tone for the second set. After Sampson & Delilah and a very nice High Time, Bob blows the Whistle to start Truckin and the set takes off anew!! The Jerry solo between Trucking and Eyes is awesome, Jerry all by himself, a true solo, getting into the Eyes intro and of course the Eyes itself is blissful. After drums is a great Other One and superbly played Wharf rat. The set ends with a Need a Miracle tease, followed by Good Love. What a great '81 summer show!!!
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